Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Opus 2011-207, Does Microsoft Deliberately Sabotage?

There has always been a lot of hostility toward Microsoft.  Some of it is because of their predatory business practices.  We have all heard stories about how they put competitors out of business.  Some of it is jealousy.  We tend to be judgmental on people who are richer or better looking than we are.

I had an experience with their products that makes me doubt that they are squeaky clean.  Years ago I bought a Microsoft mouse.  It came with a setup disk of awesome bells and whistles.  It all comes in the operating system now.  I installed the disk and was happy with all the toys it gave me.  All went well.  I was happy.  Then, for a reason I can’t remember, I tried to use one of my old mice.  It would not work.  I found its disk and tried to reinstall it.  Nothing doing.  It was soon obvious that it would be impossible to use any mouse on that computer except for the one made by Microsoft.  I was mad enough to go back and redo my hard drive to remove the offending demon.  In my mind it was a deliberate block by Microsoft.  Since then I have had Microsoft products but never install their software.

I now have Windows 7.  I have found that my favorite Bible Study software won’t work.  I can fix the problem but only by paying a lot of money to get their premium edition.  This does not effect all my old software, just some. 

I have avoided Microsoft Word.  I use Word Perfect and Quattro Pro.  It works well for me.  When I bought my newest laptop I bought the latest edition of Word Perfect but my operating system is Windows 7.  Now I am often forced to start the program two or three times before it will respond.   Sometimes it will freeze up after I have used it for awhile.  This started with the new operating system.  I have a feeling that this is not by accident.

There is nothing I can prove.  I refuse to switch to Word.  Maybe even newer software will take care of the problem.  Until then, I will just live with it.  Sometimes life is like that.

homo unius libri


  1. I use Word, but The Lazy Farmer says these things are why he sticks with his Mac.

  2. My son tells me that the Mac has the ability to run my Windows software. When I believe it, I may switch over.


    Grace and peace


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.